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I finally got my family talked into letting me build a HTPC. I have a lot of spare parts that I can throw into the project(ocz ddr3 ram, antec 300 case, HD5750, HSF, HDD), and I have a 700w PSU that needs RMA.

I know some of which are overkill, but they are already here. So I would like to use them if I can, at least until I buy real components for an HTPC.

Most Important One major deal I am not sure about, is hooking up the sound. We have sound built into the walls, with 2 different channels(one for watching movies, other for music in the house). I can either use speaker wire, or BNC(I think thats what its called) for hooking up to the wall. My dad wants to keep his Harman Kardon MK2 receiver. Only deal is, there is only Rca Red and White in for sound. I am not sure if I can hook up to it and get surround

Here is the receiver I was talking about http://www.harmankardon.com/resource...R20II%20om.pdf Page 7 shows the back.
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Sorry if it does not make much sense, I am sick and jacked up on cough medicine. Please let me know what your opinions are. Thanks OCN.
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First Red/White connectors do not give you true surround, your receiver takes the two channels and emulates surround. Does he by any chance have an optical port you can use? optical would be your best option. Other than that you could find a graphics card that will do svideo and from the svideo use this http://www.svideo.com/svideoaudiorca.html

Or another option would be to run hdmi out of your htpc to your tv. From that point run the red and white from your tv out to your reveiver.

Hope this helps good luck!
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No optical. I told him that is whats best to use, but I dont really know. And my computer's audio output is not strong enough to power multiple speakers(most likely Bose 301s), right??

We could live without true surround sound. I bet I could use a, headphone jack-Rca white and red cable. I have one for an Ipod, so it can play on AUX on a stereo in the barn. I could use that to take sound from the HTPC and hook up to the receiver. And just run video to the TV.

Or I could do what you said about HDMI to the TV, then audio to the receiver. Only problem there is that our TV doesnt have HDMI(38" old school tube).
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You can use a 3.5mm jack to RCA plug adapter (think that's what it is...). But it won't be surround, just stereo.

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Originally Posted by IEATFISH View Post
You can use a 3.5mm jack to RCA plug adapter (think that's what it is...). But it won't be surround, just stereo.

Amazon.com: 1.5m TRS to RCA Stereo Audio Cable - 3.5mm to L/R: Electronics
Thats what I was talking about. And yeah I know, it will just be stereo, but its better than MONO lol. Thanks for the link, I am going to bookmark it just for reference.
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I found my Ipod video cable. It is basicly the same thing but with all 3 RCA plugs. When I hook it up to my Ipod, it can either play music, or movies. Would this work the same way??

Can I hook up the 3.5 jack to my computer, then to the receiver with the 2 audio jacks?? Dont wanna burn anything...yet
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